The Friends of the
National Railway Museum

South of England Group
Vice Presidents: Richard Hardy; Sir William McAlpine Bt, FRSE, FCIT, FRSA

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Bluebell Railway
  10 October 1993

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We assembled at Sheffield Park station for a guided tour of this, the first main-line preserved railway in the country.

We started with a trip along the railway - coincidentally on the Pullman dining train, although we were not partaking this time.

Through Horsted Keynes we carried on to the current terminus of the line just past the tunnel at West Hoathly.
We then returned to Sheffield Park for a guided tour of the locomotive works.

These are small but well appointed.

At the rear was the running shed and store, which contained a number of small locomotives.

However, a further wander along the line took us to the engine we had come to see, the Bulleid Q1 on loan from the NRM. This was not in service but made a very striking impression in the siding.